She hasn't been through her first heat cycle, and i dont plan on breeding her. I heard if i wait till after her first heat cycle her personality and energy and everything about her changes, and i heard the same about if i do get her fixed before the first heat cycle she will lose her energy and character also. What do i do? Please help me before its too late. I DONT want my basenji's attitude, energy, personality etc to change.
There is no reason to think that spaying her before her first season will change her at all… it will not change her character.. or energy... in fact if you let her go through a season you will see many changes in ther character .... and as it is.. they all change, spayed/neutered or not.. as they age....
If my bitch, I would have her spayed now, before she had a season...
Of course, best to discuss with your (her) breeder...
As Pat said, check with the breeder…. some want you to wait until they are over a year old...
You probably have something in your contract about it.. so check that and shoot them off an email.
As Pat said, it will not change their personality or energy.
She will still be a spazzy little girl basenji!
i will trust you guys but i keep hearing that maybe i should wait till her very first season then after go and get her fixed. But if you say her personality, energy her demeanor wont change i will get her fixed
What are the reasons others are giving you for waiting? That would have nothing to do with her demeanor or energy and as I said, most Basenjis have a BIG mood swing during and after season… that we all call the "blue funk"... they can think they are having puppies, even as far as getting milk... they bulk up, just like they are having puppies.. if there is nothing in your contract about waiting, then I would do it before she comes in season.
A lot of older, well meaning people who were brought up in a different era believe that spaying/neutering changes the demeanor of a dog. Most of the changes you see in a dog's personality come with maturity-not because of spaying/neutering. ALL dogs tend to slow down as they age and mature. My 11 year old heeler/am eskimo still loves to play frisbee when I let her and my boxenji still acts like an idiot as if she were 6 months. So a lot of it is breeding, maturity and the dog itself rather than spaying/neutering IMO